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Golden Horn, Istanbul

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Serving as a commercial center for the past two millennia, Golden Horn occupies an estuary that separates the old city in the south from the more European north. Owing to its strategic location, the site witnessed a number of memorable historic occurrences and its sparkling beauty has been immortalized in paintings and poems throughout the centuries. Observe the ships and busy locals at this lively spot and walk along the bridge that connects the two sides. Take a break at one of the quaint cafes in the area. Use our Istanbul route builder to add Golden Horn and other attractions to your Istanbul vacation plans.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Again...East meets West and the neighborhoods and area are just plain fun and interesting to nose around. Boat tours will point out the area from the water and has a special charm as the sun sets.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    It's a beautiful place already smelled kanalizaşyon doesn't smell right now. Landscape. Since 1905, Pierre Lotiye. I'm sorry they made the island and Jeton Bitlizi.
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  • August 16, 2017
    You feel the relaxing atmosphere of the area, enjoying it with some fresh orange and pomegranate juice!!  more »

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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